Ballomar is first mentioned by Cassius Dio as conducting peace talks with the governor of Upper Pannonia, it:Marco Iallio Basso Fabio Valeriano, following the breakthrough of the limes by his allies the Germanic Lombards and Ubii. Ballomar led the great invasion of Italy by a coaltion of Germanic tribes in 167-70 AD, which was the first time a hostile force had entered Italy since the Cimbri of Boiorix during the Cimbrian War. Ballomar defeated a force of 20,000 Roman soldiers near Carnontum, destroyed Opitergium (Oderzo) and besieged Aquilea.
- Cassius Dio, Historia romana, Books LXXII & LXXIII
- The column of Marcus Aurelius in Rome, which depict Ballomar
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